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  1. 28 minutes, 4.6 Km. I'm getting close to ditching the time interval and just going for distance. I actually felt I could have kept going another few minutes tonight but didn't want to overdo it.
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    I did it!

    5K in 32:57. Suck it "old self"!!!!!! Probably could have went another 5 minutes!
  3. Personally - I re-did the days I had trouble with. I'd play different music and take a different route. Don't stop though. The important part of all of this is that you are going out and doing something with a set goal. Others may echo my sentiments here....week 5 day 3 will look scary but I actually feel that the first 3 weeks are the toughest especially if you are new to doing this. At the end of week 1 I wasn't sure I was going to make it through. May last time out, I ran a 5K distance. You can do it.
  4. Personally - I re-did the days I had trouble with. I'd play different music and take a different route. Don't stop though. The important part of all of this is that you are going out and doing something with a set goal. Others may echo my sentiments here....week 5 day 3 will look scary but I actually feel that the first 3 weeks are the toughest especially if you are new to doing this. At the end of week 1 I wasn't sure I was going to make it through. May last time out, I ran a 5K distance. You can do it.
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    I did it!

    Thx! Beer in hand now!
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    scared of starting week 3!

    Chinebo DONT focus on the time it takes to compete an interval. Just keep moving. I thought week three was gonna kill me too but I'm proud to say I ran a 5k distance tonight. It's the gains you make in week 3,4,5 that will pay dividends in week 7,8. I'm the laziest person I know when it comes to exercise so if I can do this....you can too!
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    Week 8 Day 1 Slayed!!!

    Totally! Had a victory dinner of a wonton soup and beer for dinner when I finished....lol! I'm down 36 pounds from when I started. Feeling much different.
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    Thermal iPhone case

    I used a thinsolate glove. Poor mans thermal case but it worked. Lol.
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    Thermal iPhone case

    tried to do week 7 day 1 last night. Unfortunately my iPhone succumbed to the cold (it was 12 outside) and shut itself down before I could finish. I lost tracking ability and stopped around 21 minutes. Anyone know of a thermal case for an iPhone? Doesn't need headphone holes as I use wireless headphones. Otherwise I'm gonna stick it in a thinsolate glove and cram it in my pocket!!!
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    who has/uses what, and what are your impressions? I'm looking at buying one of these primarily as a sleep tracker for my apnea. What are your thoughts on these devices?
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    earbuds- sport

    I'll point out they are not ear buds but the are amazing.
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    earbuds- sport

    Motorola s530 Bluetooth wireless headphones. 34 bucks on Amazon. Best I've ever used for anything!
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    Settled in on a jawbone up24. Satisfied so far. It's comfortable and doesn't get in the way and seems to just work. I've played around with the IFTTT app and have a few custom reminders and actions paired up. Pretty interesting stuff.
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    Thermal iPhone case

    Thanks for the info.
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    Good info. I still have some research to do but will reply back here with my final choice.
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    W7D1 is next up for me. I'm adding in an extra day off because we are going to get smacked with cold weather and I want to give my lungs a chance to adjust. W6D3 was last night and feels doable to me now. I'm able to do the time, just not getting the distance. Missing it by about 2/10ths of a mile....
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    Week 5 day 3

    Go Richard! I'm starting week seven this week. I'm feeling pretty good about myself. Looking back at w1d1 and remembering how I felt completely gassed about 10 minutes in i can't believe how good I feel now.
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    C25K: W3D3 - Three Weeks Already! It Goes So Fast!

    Keep at it regardless of what you think others may think about you. I finished week 6 day 3 last night. Ponder this, people looking at you from inside their homes are doing just that. Looking, not doing. Stay the course, don't think about what others think - think about how much you are doing for yourself.
  19. w5d3 has been staring me down for a while looking like a 20 foot tall frightening beast. I repeated w5d1 and d2 twice to build endurance. Tonight I went for it. I decided that the best way to slay the beast was to establish a conservative pace that maybe didn't get me two miles in distance but got me thru twenty minutes in time. End result, I did 1.8 miles in 20 minutes and slated Goliath on the clock. Didn't stop once in the 20 minutes and according to my meter kept a pretty consistent pace. My legs aren't shot. I feel pretty good physically tonight, mentally I feel very good about myself. I'm quickly going from a "never ran" to an "I can do this". I'm staring week six in the eyes and for the first time since starting I don't feel intimidated.
  20. Thx. Took a back peddle today. Wound up in urgent care with a high ankle sprain. Doh! I still feel good about how far I've come though. Proud of myself.
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    Looking for inspiration

    Yeah I hit rock bottom and 40 around the same time. I've battled depression and weight problems all my life. I started long distance walking about 4 months ago and six weeks ago started the c25k app. Just capped off week 5 day 3 tonight. YOU CAN DO THIS! You just have to believe in yourself. Do this for you not someone else, find the better you inside and bring that person out. Do yourself a favor and download my fitness pal and track your foods. It will make you think before you pick your meals and set a schedule to do the exercise in this app. Set alarms on your phone to remind you and OWN it. Post here for support. Everyone here wants everyone else to succeed. You can do it!
  22. Was scared to death when I saw the interval to week 4 day 1 when I left the house an hour ago. I rocked it and feel great about myself. I was really worried I'd lose it on the first 5 minute interval but this a great challenge. Proud of myself.
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    Hola and Hello....

    New to this, so here it goes.... I don't usually like to "dump" it all out there for people but since that is something that I am working on I am going to give it a shot here. I recently turned 40, and in my "younger" day I was a swimmer and played volleyball. I'd always been able to maintain a decent condition (I'm not winning awards for body sculpting here) by just having those things available. When life and family set it, it became difficult to impossible to maintain doing those things...so...I let myself go. Over the course of a few years, and a few traumatic happenings in life I steeped into a depression that I have been in counseling for. I've decided that I am staunchly against medicating and want to get better thru behavioral/diet/exercise methods and techniques. A few months ago I started to go for long (4-6 mile) walks late at night thru my town. As I felt better and better about this I found myself wanting to offer up a challenge to myself. Midway thru a walk one night I downloaded the C25K app and decided that the next night I went out I would do that instead. I didn't realize the level of challenge that I was looking at but I am proud to say that I am midway thru the 3rd week. I know it is going to get to be more of a challenge from here on out but for the first time in a long while I can say that I am actually ready for, and looking forward to that challenge. I know that an app can't change my life, I have to do that. What I could not do that this app has been able to do is to set forth a series of guided steps to tell me what to do and when. I thank Zen Labs for this app, and thank myself for so far stepping up to the challenge of completing it. I'm totally into this for the impact it is going to have on my body both mentally and physically and have little desire to register and run an organized 5K. Maybe I'll decide one day down the road that it would be cool to do that but for now, I've still got some "Me" to work on... I won't apologize for the long post, I've always felt that is a stupid thing to do! What I will do is promise myself that I am going to finish the program...for myself...to be a better version of me. Anyway, that's my story. Thanks for taking the time to read. Soculese
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    second quessing myself

    I think you have to base it on how you feel after you get done each day. I am on W3 D2 and have repeated it. There is no shame in wanting to wait till you are ready to move on. The worst thing that can happen in repeating a day is that you get in an extra workout...which is in no way a bad thing, right? I don't think there is a hard and fast rule about how hard you have to push yourself. Obviously you want to feel like you have done an exercise regimen but you don't want to feel like you have just been shot in the gut but a cannon. My goal is to find the spot in between the two and recognize that if I feel like I have been beaten down by one of the days then it is worth repeating that day. I've been at it for 4 weeks and am on week 3 of the program. I think the more important thing to NOT do is skip ahead. If you are at W2D2 and feel the need to repeat don't sweat it. Know that in the end you are still doing something positive and healthy.
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    Weight Loss for TTC

    Walking is actually a GREAT place to start. Everything I have read about doing a program like this says that the assumption is that you can walk briskly for 30 minutes or more 2-3 times a week before you start the program. I started out doing that and trimmed 10 pounds over the course of 5 weeks just by walking a few nights a week. It built a level of endurance in my body that allowed me to start W1 D1 and stick to it. It also build a level of confidence in me mentally that I was not going to give up as this gets harder. I am on W3 D2 and feel a lot different than I did 4 weeks ago. KellyAnn is right as well. I started using MyFitnessPal 2 weeks ago and am hooked on having an app that is so helpful at allowing me to keep track of my nutrition. You can do this!